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Sheila Sweeney took the helm of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership as CEO in 2015. A native of St. Louis, she has championed the organization for more than two decades. As CEO, Sheila was instrumental in the creation of 39 North, the AgTech innovation district in Creve Coeur that’s home to the largest number of plant scientists in the world. She was also instrumental in the regional effort to keep the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s western headquarters in North St. Louis—with a $1.6 billion facility that will include 3,100 retained jobs and 5,200 construction jobs.
Prior to serving as CEO, in 2013 she chaired the committee to form the Partnership and was the first chair of its board. She also served as chair of the board of directors for the organization’s predecessor (St. Louis County Economic Council).
While chairman of the Economic Council, she helped drive developments and programs such as Northpark, River City Casino & Hotel, Helix Center Biotech Incubator, STLVentureWorks and St. Louis Accelerate Challenge. She has decisively positioned the organization for its next generation of growth, executing a strong vision that is delivering results today while positioning the Partnership and St. Louis for future progress.
Sweeney also served as chair of St. Louis County Port Authority, an affiliate of the Partnership. She was a key proponent for the Community Reinvestment Fund, a nationally recognized grant program. To date, the fund has invested more than $50 million, driving strategic development throughout St. Louis. As principal of SM Sweeney & Company, Sheila specialized in transactions for property assemblage and commercial and industrial development for private investors, corporations and individuals.
Sheila holds degrees from the University of Missouri—Columbia and Lindenwood University. She is a board member for the Midwest Cargo Hub, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, St. Louis Sports Commission and the Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
About St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
Established in 2013, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership brings together the economic development agencies from St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis to drive growth, generate prosperity and catalyze investment throughout the region. The Partnership provides a broad range of services, including business expansion and retention, entrepreneurial support (financing and incubators), real estate and community development and international trade support through World Trade Center St. Louis.